Jomolhari Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in Bhutan. With altitude differences of 2,500m and nearly 5,000m it offers a wide range of landscapes, fauna and flora. The highlight of this trek is the spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari from the Basecamp (Jangothang).
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Flying into Paro on Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines on a clear day, you get a wonderful view of the snow capped peaks of the inner Himalayas and possibly a glimpse of Everest. As the plane approaches Paro, little farmhouses dotting the hillsides and the meandering Pa Chu River form a picturesque view. The first 2 days of this trip will be spent in Paro visiting ancient temples and Dzongs (fortresses) and experiencing the culture and traditions of the Kingdom of Bhutan that have remained untouched for centuries Ta Dzong and National Museum of Bhutan: This fortified watchtower was built in 1649 on the promontory of the eastern spur of Paro Valley above Paro or Ringpung Dzong. Its role was to keep close watch on the movements of enemy forces of both external invasion and internal opposition. Its distinctive conch shape was built of stone and wood without a plan or without the use of nails. In 1960, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk decreed that the historic Ta Dzong be renovated to house the National Museum of Bhutan. The museum has displays and unique collections of artifacts that narrate the heritage and traditions of Bhutan.
Paro Dzong: This impressive 17th century fortress is known as the Fortress on a Heap of Jewels. The massive buttressed walls that tower over the town are visible throughout the valley, especially when floodlit at night. Inside there is a complex of courtyards, temples, offices with huge windows with elaborate wooden carvings of traditional Bhutanese motifs. During the 17th and 18th century, Paro Dzong was an important bastion for the Kingdom of Bhutan against invasion from the north. It now houses the administration offices of the monastic body and the district government including the district court.
Kyichu Lhakhang: Kyichu is one of the oldest and the most sacred temples in the Kingdom dating back to the 7th century. It is believed to be one of 108 temples built in Tibet and Bhutan within a single night span by Tibetan King Songtshen Gampo. A sister temple is Kurjey Lhakhang in Bumthang. The pattern of the 108 temples outlines an ogress that was obstructing the spread of Buddhism and the temples are believed to be pinning down and overpowering her. Kyichu is holding down her foot. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism into Bhutan. Guru Padmasambhava is said to have visited the site and to have buried many of his spiritual Treasures here. In the 15th century these were discovered by the great Terton or Treasure Hunter Pema Lingpa who restored the temple. A golden roof was added in the 19th century This magnificent temple conceals the valleys greatest treasure, an original 7th-century statue of Jowo Shakyamuni, believed to have been cast at the same time as the famous Jowo statue in the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. These statues are said to be based on a contemporary painting of the Lord Buddha. One of other striking features of the temple are the rows of prayer wheels embedded in the outer walls. Elderly pilgrims constantly shuffle around the temple spinning its many prayer wheels, making this one of the most charming spots in the Paro valley.
Overnight Paro at : 3*/4*/5* hotels
After breakfast we will drive to Chele La Pass northwest of Paro. The pass is one of the highest motorable points in Bhutan at an altitude of 3900m/13000ft. The trail starts from the road and climbs quite steeply up for 2 hours to the peak. The view from here of the Himalayan mountains including Mt. Kangchenjunga (8586m/28169ft) and Jumolhari (7326m/24035ft) and other unidentified snow capped peaks makes this hike one of the best in Bhutan. To return, you can choose a much easier trail to Kila Goemba Nunnery which is about one and half hours, We recommend this Nunnery hike especially in springtime with rhododendrons and primula flowers in full bloom. You will be served a picnic lunch or Hike includes a picnic lunch In the evening stroll around the Paro town and visit a traditional farmhouse for an opportunity to interact with a family and learn something of their lifestyle. Moved this to Day 2 as you say on Day 3 you are driving to Sharna zampa.
Overnight Paro at : 3*/4*/5* hotels
Length 5 hours round trip.
Taktsang Monastery: After an early breakfast today, we will drive to the base of the Taktsang to prepare for the hike to the Taktsang or Tiger’s Nest Monastery. This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 900m above the valley where the only sounds are the murmurs of wind and water and the cracking of the prayer wheels. It has become the unofficial symbol of Bhutan due to its appearance in various travelogues, newspapers, and websites around the world.The legend of Taktsang dates back to 747AD when Guru Padmasambhava Rinpoche manifested at this site riding on the back of a tigress to subdue the evil spirits in the region. The Guru then meditated in the cave that is the Pelphug Lhakhang today.
PARO to SHAMA ZAMBA
Camp Altitude 2,850m/9350ft.
After having lunch in Paro town, we will drive 2 hours to Sharna Zampa, the first camp site of the Jumolhari Trek. Arriving in Gunitsawa Village you will need to check in at the army check post to have your trek permit (provided by Red Stag) inspected and endorsed. We then cross the Sharna Zampa Chu River and soon reach the Shama Zampa campsite in a meadow surrounded by trees. The trek to Thangthangka begins early the next morning.
Distance 22 km,
Time: 7-8 hours,
770 m ascent, 10 m descent,
Camp altitude: 3,610 m/11845ft
On this long day, the trail proceeds with many gradual ascents and descends. After going uphill through the river valley, the trail narrows to a footpath which then descends to a meadow. Here a camp will be set up. On a clear day, you will have your first great view of Mt. Jumolhari.
Overnight at camp [B/L/D]
Time: 5-6 hours,
Camp Altitude: 4,080m/13,385ft.
If you could not see Mt. Jomolhari the previous evening, you will still have a chance to have a great view of it early this morning. The trek continues up the Paro Chu Valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. You will pass an army checkpoint along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow- capped peaks. In this area herder’s homes and yaks become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing through the villages of Soe, Takethang and Dangochang are other highlights of the day. After reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari.
Overnight at Jangothang Camp (B/L/D)
Jangothang is a perfect environment for acclimatization. This rest day provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes in three directions with great views of lakes and snow capped mountains. Jumolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains lie directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and there are a number of unclimbed peaks to the east. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley.
Overnight at Jangothang. (B/L/D)
Time: 6-7 hours,
810m ascent, 1,090m descent,
Camp altitude: 3,800m.
The trail today goes up to Nyile la pass 4870m/15977ft. The pass is marked with a stupa and prayer flags, it marks the border between Thimphu and Paro . The pass is frequently very wind, you probably won’t stay long on the pass. The decent is through more scree along the side of the hill. It’s a long decent to a stream on the valley floor at 4450m/14599ft, there is some vegetation here, mostly grass, juniper and cotoneaster. Just before descending down to camp you will get the view of the iconic Lingzhi Dzong.
Time: 8-9 hours,
940m ascent, 920m descent,
Camp altitude: 4,080m.
The trail climbs up to the Yeli La Pass at an altitude of 4930m. From the pass, on a clear day you will get an excellent view of Jumolhari, Tserimgang and Masanggang. The trek from the pass to the campsite at Shodu is a steep downhill to the Thimphu Chu River.
Overnight at camp (B/L/D)
250m ascent and 670m descent
Camp altitude: 3,710m.
The trail follows the Thimphu Chu River through rhododendron forests and past beautiful waterfalls The valley narrows till the path takes to the slopes and gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong.
Overnight at Barshong camp
Time: 4-6 hours
290m ascent and 640m descent
Camp altitude 3,320m
The trail descends back down to the Thimphu Chu River valley, through dense forests of rhododendron, birch, conifer, maples and bamboo and then ascends to the pasture lands. The overnight campsite is in a beautiful meadow.
Time: 3-4 hours,
500m ascent and 930m descent
The trail continues through forested areas winding up and down and crossing a small pass. Langur monkeys can be seen along the way. In Dodena, you will exit the Jigme Dorji National Park and reach the road head next to an impressive cantilever bridge.
Drive to the hotel and rest.
Overnight Thimphu at : 3*/4*/5* hotels
Full day at leisure
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your departure..